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AANA Recognizes PANA CRNA's

Thursday, September 3, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Russell Lynn Honored Posthumously With AANA Foundation's 2015 Advocate of the Year Award

PARK RIDGE, ILLINOIS – Russell Lynn, CRNA, APN, MSN, was honored posthumously with the 2015 AANA Foundation Advocate of the Year Award during the Annual Congress of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), August 29-September 1, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Advocate of the Year Award is presented to an AANA Foundation Advocate for outstanding commitment to the nurse anesthesia profession through individually supporting the AANA Foundation and encouraging others to do the same. Advocates are volunteers who represent, support and promote the efforts and activities of the AANA Foundation at the state level both philosophically and financially.

“Russell Lynn believed it was his job to keep the nurse anesthesia profession growing and strong,” said AANA Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Wilma Gills, CRNA, BSN, APNP. “He encouraged students to become actively engaged in the AANA. He led by example, becoming an advocate for education and research, and also a Friend for Life, our planned giving program. Lynn also encouraged the New Jersey Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NJANA) to create an advocate position in 2007, and then volunteered to become New Jersey’s first state advocate, a role he held until his untimely death in December 2014.”
“Mr. Lynn was a brilliant mind, an outstanding educator, and a tireless contributor to the nurse anesthesia profession,” said Gillis, in presenting the award. “He impacted countless lives. Russ was always so proud of being a CRNA; he said it was a ‘gift’ to be an educator and mentor to those wishing to enter the profession that he loved so much.”

The AANA Foundation is proud to name Russell Lynn the 2015 recipient of the Advocate of the Year Award.

About the AANA Foundation
Established in 1981, the AANA Foundation is a charitable organization devoted to anesthesia research, education and development.  The Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.  The Foundation funds scholarships, doctoral fellowships, post-doctoral fellowships, research grants, general poster sessions, oral "State of the Science" poster sessions and doctoral mentorships.

About the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Founded in 1931 and located in Park Ridge, Ill., and Washington, D.C., the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional organization representing more than 49,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists across the United States. As advanced practice registered nurses and anesthesia specialists, CRNAs administer approximately 40 million anesthetics to patients in the United States each year and are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America. In some states, CRNAs are the sole anesthesia professionals in nearly 100 percent of rural hospitals. For more information, visit www.future-of-anesthesia-care-today.com.

     

Elizabeth Abrams Receives the 2015 AANA Foundation 
Rita L. LeBlanc Philanthropist of the Year Award

PARK RIDGE, ILLINOIS – Elizabeth “Betty” Abrams, CRNA, MS, was honored with the AANA Foundation Rita L. LeBlanc Philanthropist of the Year Award.

The Rita L. LeBlanc Philanthropist of the Year Award recognizes an individual who, like LeBlanc herself, is the personification of goodwill and generosity in both their professional and private lives. LeBlanc was an enthusiastic supporter of the AANA Foundation, a Board of Trustees member, and AANA Region 1 Director (1995-97), as well as serving on many committees at both state and national levels. Known for her unfailing optimism, LeBlanc personified the selfless “can do” spirit of the AANA Foundation and its goals.

Elizabeth Abrams has been volunteering her services to the Healing the Children (New Jersey) organization since 1997. She volunteers her time and expertise as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), traveling to different countries providing much needed anesthesia services for children needing multiple types of surgery. She has made 20 trips to countries such as Kenya, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Thailand, and the Dominican Republic. Abrams has touched the lives of thousands of children with her generosity and expert anesthesia skills. 

“Betty donates equipment and supplies to the organization on a monthly basis,” said AANA Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Wilma Gillis, CRNA, BSN, APNP, in presenting the award. “She performs administrative tasks, and packs and prepares supplies for trips she is unable to attend. Abrams is a true role model, and has also inspired many other CRNAs to become Healing the Children volunteers.”

The AANA Foundation congratulates Elizabeth Abrams on being named the 2015 recipient of the Rita L. LeBlanc Philanthropist of the Year Award.

About the AANA Foundation
Established in 1981, the AANA Foundation is a charitable organization devoted to anesthesia research, education and development.  The Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.  The Foundation funds scholarships, doctoral fellowships, post-doctoral fellowships, research grants, general poster sessions, oral "State of the Science" poster sessions and doctoral mentorships.

About the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Founded in 1931 and located in Park Ridge, Ill., and Washington, D.C., the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional organization representing more than 49,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists across the United States. As advanced practice registered nurses and anesthesia specialists, CRNAs administer approximately 40 million anesthetics to patients in the United States each year and are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America. In some states, CRNAs are the sole anesthesia professionals in nearly 100 percent of rural hospitals. For more information, visit www.future-of-anesthesia-care-today.com.